Topical Search Suggestions

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Topic found in Passage Guide

 Logos provides a Topic tool in the Passage Guide. Also you may not be familiar with the ability to enter a topic word in the Reference box rather than a scripture reference. This can help you locate Bible scripture references to your topic.


  1. Open your Passage Guide by clicking on Guides in the top menu. Then in the drop down menu click on Passage Guide.
  2. In the reference box type a word for your topic
    1. Logos will show you various pericopes which are assoicated with your topic word. Click on one that you think is closely related to your topic.
  3. Locate the Topic bar and click on it to expand. Logos shows you various topics which it thinks relates to your scripture reference.

  4. Now locate a specific topic in which you are interested in and click on the arrow on the left to expand that topic to view links to resources which Logos has tagged for that topic.

Topic found in Topic Guide

 Logos 5+ has a Topic Guide which provides the sames results as the Topic section in Basic Search.

 Logos provides a Topic section in Search when you use Basic search method and select Everything or Entire Library (Logos 4/5).


  1. Open the Search tool. In the top menu click on the magnifying glass icon to open the Search tool.
  2. Set the search method by clicking on Basic.
  3. Set resources to be search to Entire Library.
  4. In the Find box type in your topic word and press Enter.
  5. After Logos finishes the search, notice the Topic bar. Click on the bar to expand it.

  6. In the expanded view hover your mouse over the different links. Logos shows you a preview of what you will find for those links. Once you find a useful link, click on it and Logos will open that resource to that location.

 The Large Text Search will work in any resource that has been tagged with the largetext Search Field ie. Large Text on the drop down in Basic Search. This tagging is based on font size and is automatically provided by the Indexer on all resources with “large” text, which is usually found in headings. The size basis is not perfect but it is a stop-gap until more extensive LCV resources (see below) are made available. The advantages are that you can search for a phrase eg. “eternal life”, not just single words, and restrict the search to any topical collection.

Searching using a Collection

 You might want to create a collection for resources which you consider having useful topic information. Then you can use the Search tool to search for your topic only in your collection.


  1. Create a collection of books in your library which are useful for finding topics.
  2. Open the Search tool.
  3. Set the Search method to Basic.
  4. Set the resources to be searched to your collection for topical searches.
  5. Enter your topic word in the Find box and press Enter.
  6. Review each book in the search window to locate articles on your topic.

Topics and Logos Controlled Vocabulary

    Both the Topics section in Basic search and the Topics section in the Passage Guide depend on the Logos Controlled Vocabulary (LCV) to function. Basically the LCV is a manual association of synonyms. For example, Eucharist, Lord’s Supper, and Communion can all refer to the same concept; the LCV associates these terms and allows searches with different terminology to bring up relevant results. Topical resources (i.e. Bible Dictionaries) must be specially tagged to work in these Topic Sections. Logos is working on expanding resources with this special tagging focusing first on the most widely owned topical works. See About Topic Search for more detailed information about the LCV, a list of tagged resources, and links to forum posts discussing it. Not all of the searching strategies discussed by this page are not limited to the LCV-tagged resources.

General methods to help on topics

 You will find these methods useful when researching a topic.

Use Lookup in the Command box

 To quickly find a definition on your topic you can use Lookup in the command box. Logos will open your prioritized dictionary to your topic’s definition. From there you might want to also Use the Parallel Resources.


  1. In the Command box type: Lookup followed by your topic word.
    1. Logos will show you the full command as you type in the Command box. Click on it.

  2. Logos opens your dictionary to that word.

Use the Parallel Resources

 You can use Parallel Resources from a resource that you have open to a topic. Logos will look through your parallel resource for that topic or a close subject and display them in the Parallel drop down menu. It helps to have collections tagged to display in parallel resources.


  1. Click on the Parallel Resource’s icon in your resource’s toolbar.
  2. Logos searches through your parallel resources (and collections in which your resource occurs) and shows them in the drop down Parallel Resource list.

  3. Once that you have clicked on a Parallel Resource Logos opens it in your tab.

Use the Plus tab to see other resources

 When you click on the Plus sign in a panel to open a new resource, Logos will use the topic that you have open in the current tab when selecting resources to show you in the new Plus tab. This can aid you in locating other resources which cover your topic.


  1. In the panel where you have a tab with a resource open to your topic, click on the + (plus sign).
    [That resource needs to be the active resource showing when you click on the plus.]

  2. Logos will open a New Tab. In it Logos shows other resources that you own which are related to your topic.
  3. The icons on the left just show you resources similar to the current resource. That’s not what you want. But the list on the right shows the list of all resources that have the currently selected topic.

Using Bible Word Study for topic info

 In Bible Word Study you can use the Definition section to aid you in searching for a topic word. You even may want to create a custom BWS guide just for this (see wiki page Use BWS to look in multiple Dict/Lexicons).


  1. Open Bible Word Study or your Custom BWS guide.
    (In the top menu click on Guides and in the drop down menu click on Bible Word Study or select your custom BWS guide)
  2. In the Word box type in your topic word and press Enter.
  3. Next click on the Definition bar to expand it.
  4. On the right side you will see links to resources which cover this word. Hover your mouse over a link and Logos will show a pop-up preview for that resource. Click on a link to have Logos open that resource to that location.

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